SITE Santa Fe, in partnership with Adobeairstream.com, the Santa Fe-based online contemporary art magazine, presents a new series of podcasts highlighting the art and themes of Unsettled Landscapes, as a part of a digital media residency with editor/founder Ellen Berkovitch. These podcasts offers a series of conversations on themes of the first edition of SITElines.2014 through interviews with the artists, curators and the general public.
In this second installment, Berkovitch meets up with artist Iñigo Manglano-Valle and Rose B. Simpson to discuss his work, Well 35° 58′ 16″ N 106° 5‘ 21″, an offsite project in which Manglano-Valle drilled a well on Simpson’s land in Santa Clara Pueblo, North of Santa Fe. The work continues to build conversation on the convoluted water rights found in communities in Northern New Mexico in which families, Indian reservations and farming mayordomos leverage each others’ water rights and usage. The work examines how such contestation effects land and property politics. The artist brings this dialogue back to SITE by situating a representation of a well, a stunning image of the drill that created it, and bottles of well water in SITE’s front gallery.